• My Books

    New York City and Book Inspiration

    As those of you on my email list know, I was on vacation in New York City last week! It was my first time there and I was surprised by how much I loved every grimy, crowded second of it. While I was there, I saw two shows: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live and Tootsie. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of my favorite TV shows, and it just finished its final season on The CW. If you haven’t seen it, you’re probably judging me for loving a show on The CW, but just trust me. It’s a musical comedy show about a girl who moves across the country to be with a man…

  • My Books

    Book three is in the works!

    But first, a story. This is the longest I’ve gone in my life without stepping foot in my hometown. My parents moved from Florida to Missouri two years ago, which means that I’m spending my Christmases driving past empty corn fields instead of flying south. Luckily, my hometown is a fairly popular vacation destination, so I’ve been able to help friends plan trips down there and live vicariously through them. When I overheard two women discussing, by name, the famous hotel I could see out the window of the Dairy Queen at which I worked in high school, I saw yet another opportunity to humble brag about where I grew…

  • Reading List,  Uncategorized

    What I’m Reading: April 2019

    I’m not sure if y’all should even trust my reading opinions, as I just got an email informing me that the book that I suggested to my very conservative book club is filled with profanity. Attached were links to newspaper articles that summed up the true story instead. Whoops. (The book was Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French, in case you were wondering.) When I finished Pride and Prejudice in all its many forms, I was left with a period drama sized hole in my heart. As I searched “BBC” on Amazon Prime, I came across Middlemarch. I had heard of it before,…

  • General

    My Daughter’s Playlist

    When my husband and I found out we were having a daughter, I immediately started compiling any “girl power” song I could think of. In utero, she listened to Beyonce on repeat. Music is such a powerful influencer in our lives and I wanted my daughter to be surrounded by music that would empower her. As she’s grown up to the ripe old age of two, I’ve continued to gather music into a playlist we call her “Girl Power Mix.” I thought I’d share some of my favorite’s here. Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé Most songs by Beyoncé or Destiny’s Child are pretty safe bets when it comes to…

  • Observation,  Picture's Worth

    “Observation” and “A Picture’s Worth” Available Now

    Blogging is my way of procrastinating writing, which is why I haven’t done it in a while. Observation and A Picture’s Worth are finished! Both titles are available on Amazon as ebooks. Observation is also available in paperback! I’m told A Picture’s Worth will have a paperback version soon. Observation is about Erin, a recent college graduate starting her teaching career. She intends to focus on her students, but gets a little distracted by the charming assistant principal, who has taken an interest in her. Does he really just want to mentor her? Or does he want more? A Picture’s Worth takes place on a mountainside, where Libby is on…

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    The Firth Conversion

    I have loved Jane Austen since I was in high school. As a woman with a degree in English, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. I have an unlikely favorite, Persuasion, which is an opinion I will defend to my grave. But, this is not about my alarmingly similar personality to Anne Elliot. This is about the most popular Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. I was at a book club meeting the other day and we were discussing BBC mini-series adaptations. One of my friends started gushing about the 1995 Pride and Prejudice and I nodded along. Then, she started going in on the 2005 film version. “I love . . . I love . .…

  • Observation

    Observation Update and COVER!

    Observation is so close to publication. It has been revised, edited, revised again, and then edited again, and it is making it’s way to Amazon for your reading pleasure. Because of a super special secret bonus for y’all, it will be a couple more months before it it available, but know that it is waiting for you! As Observation is complete, we’re ready to share the cover with the world! This is the cover that will grace your Kindles, Nooks, and various other e-readers soon! To remind you, Observation is the story of Erin Butler, a first-year English teacher. While she’s trying to get her bearings, reach her students, and make new friends, she…

  • Reading List

    What I’m Reading: September 2018

    September has been all about nonfiction, for whatever reason. Does anyone else find that their reading tends to group together like that? This first nonfiction on my list is The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore. I think a Buzzfeed article is what first tipped me off about this book’s existence. It’s about a group of women in the early 1900s, who worked for companies that used radium to paint watch dials. When radium was first discovered, doctors and scientists lauded it as a miracle cure. Radium was in lotions, drinks, hand creams. Everyone wanted radium. So, when the girls working in radium watch factories were told to use their mouths to point…

  • General

    The Best Way to Edit Your Writing

    I have always been terrible at editing. Once I am finished with something, I feel like I’ve put in a sufficient amount of effort and shouldn’t be asked to ever look at it again. This is not how writing works, unfortunately. When I was a teacher, I would feel like an incredible hypocrite standing at the front of my class talking to my students about the importance of feedback and revisions when I secretly never revised anything I wrote throughout high school or most of college. Recently, I’ve been browsing Pinterest a lot (you know, like it’s 2012) and I’ve discovered a wealth of writing tips there. A lot of…

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    Clueless at Valvoline

    As we’ve already established, this blog is where I go to divulge my random thoughts to the faceless void of the internet. I also sometimes post updates about upcoming projects (Observation is in the final stages and I’m almost finished with a second book!) But, mostly the random thoughts thing. So, I wanted to share a classic Quinn misadventure. Come with me to the magical realm of oil changes. I’ll admit it. I know next to nothing about cars. My older brother would mock me in high school for not knowing how to drive stick, but then refused to teach me because he didn’t want me to wreck his car…

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